This blog was started in 2008 when we did IVF for the first time to build our family after 5 1/2 years of infertility. We now have 8 and 2 year old boys (thanks to modern medicine) and we are enjoying our blessed life as parents ♥ In the summer of 2016 we took another huge step and moved across the country from Oklahoma to New York! This blog is about life and everything in between

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Look What I Can Do

Look who is holding their own bottle!

This is auntie Sara with the little one before putting him to bed.

Playing with daddy.

Monday, October 26, 2009

4 Months Old & Solid Food!

Self-explanatory! Next week is his checkup so we will find out how big he is then.

At 4 months old you:
  • are wearing size 2 diapers
  • nurse every 2-3 hours
  • smile as soon as you see daddy
  • laugh when we play peek-a-boo
  • can still wear most of your 3-6 month clothes
  • still have beautiful blue eyes
  • usually go to bed between 9pm and 11pm
  • sleep for about 8 hours at night before eating
  • ate cereal for your first time today!
  • take about 3-4 one hour naps a day
  • love to chew on your hands
  • can hold your head up very well on your tummy
  • have rolled over onto your back once
  • try to grab your feet
  • like your paci when going to sleep

Friday, October 23, 2009

A Costume and News

We finally have the costume done! It is not at all "built to last" because he barely fits into the stupid onesie anyways. So any sewing was done just enough to basically hold it together for the big night.

First I got a plain onesie, black and yellow felt, and a scrap of black fabric. You can see the picture of the costume that I was using as my inspiration.

Next I dyed the onesie grey and cut out the batman symbol and belt from the felt. I used Stitch Witchery stuff to adhere the layers to each other.

The black fabric I quickly sewed on the back by the shoulders and cut angles at the bottom.

Lastly I adhered the felt to the front of the onesie and voila! Now in my case since the sizing of the onesie was way off, it was too short so I cut up an old onesie and sewed the extra length of snaps onto the bottom like my own little extender. It got the job done!

Throw some black pants on and you got yourself a batman costume! Isn't he the cutest??

While we were at it, I discovered he really like looking at this giraffe pillow. So I placed it on the floor in front of him so he could look at it (remember how he hates tummy time?). And look how good he held himself up! After a few moments he rolled over--for the first time--onto his back! Of course I tried to get it on video afterwards but he didn't feel like doing it again. Maybe next time.

That's about it for now! I have to work this whole weekend so I won't be doing any crafting. The news that I spoke of earlier is that we are returning to our house in Norman within the next few weeks. It has not sold, and I'm sure no one is going to buy it around the holidays. So we decided to move back and enjoy it for a few more years, update some things here and there and wait until the housing market gets a bit better before listing it for sale again. At least this way we can swim in our pool next summer, and most likely get our hot tub replaced with our tax return and enjoy that in the winter. I just love moving... *sigh*

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fall Crafts!

No, I did not make these but my wonderful mother did! **Go see her blog here** Aren't they the cutest?? And delicious too ;)

I have taken up the lost art of hand embroidery. Yes I have a machine that does it but sometimes you just want that LOOK that it was done by hand. So I went out and bought a rainbow of colors and this is my first project:

I got a plain black tee at Hobby Lobby, as well as tons of felt. I cut out free-hand the letters and the pumpkins. I then applique stitched all of the letters on, then embroidered the faces on the pumpkins and appliqued them on.

Next is this little top for Bradley. It is a long sleeve onesie from Old Navy that I just put a little jack-o-lantern on and embroidered "Momma's Little Pumpkin" on it. Too cute!!

Last but not least is one that I made a few weeks back but I don't think I ever put a picture up. It is a binky clip. I have boy ribbon (seen here) and girl ribbon to use, as well as tons of cute buttons for the clips. It does the job well!

No I have not finished his Batman costume yet--I apologize. I only have a few little things left then I will be done. Halloween is already next week so it will be soon, I promise!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Back from Mississippi (pics)

We arrived home late last night after returning the rental car. The drive each way was about 13 hours so we are very happy to be home! Considering how much little B was in the car seat and could only stare at the backseat, he did quite well!! But he is happy to be home too.

We got there late Thursday night and checked into our hotel. It was the Isle Casino and Hotel on the far eastern tip of Biloxi. After I put baby to bed, we hit the sack and slept in a bit the next morning. Then we hit the town and checked out the beaches!

We really really wanted to swim in the ocean, and I had even gotten swimming diapers for Bradley, but this ^ (and several of his friends) are why we did not. Yes the water was still very warm and we did stick our toes in but that was it!

Bradley did very well on his first roadtrip! He went to bed by 10pm each night and after a snack around 4am he slept till about 9am.

The only entrance to the hotel was through the casino, and every single time we all 3 were going through there the security guards would interrogate us to make sure we weren't taking our baby out to a slot machine! Haha. The staff was very nice though.

We headed out early Sunday morning, and stopped off in New Orleans so that Nick could see some sights of his liking (namely an old studio that his favorite band used). There were some beautiful old houses there. The drive home didn't seem as long--maybe because we knew we were going home? And as tradition called for, Nick had to stop at Jack In the Box when we went through Texas.

One of the joys of a super long roadtrip is all the time you have to talk! So Nick and I have come up with some decisions, but I am going to save those for another post ;)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

15 Weeks and Pics

Bradley is now 3 1/2 months old and pretty soon we start him on cereal! I am very curious about how much he weighs and how long he is.

This past week we decided to break out the Johnny Jump Up and he really likes it! He doesn't so much "jump" yet, but I think he likes standing upright and looking all around.

You gotta love that wrinkly little butt! This is right before a bath.

And this is Grandpa Tony!!! This is my dad's first grandchild. I don't think he knew what to do with him, haha! One thing my dad passed on to me was red freckles, and now my little guy has them too. Funny how those little things are in the genes.

This is one of my latest projects ^ It is a hooded bath towel that I made using this tutorial for a friend's baby shower. I didn't put the ears on it, and I added the ribbon around the top of the hood part. It is perfect because the hooded bath towels you buy in the store are so tiny and thin! Now I need to make one for Bradley.

In other news, this is the week that we hit the road for Mississippi! Hopefully everybody does well on the road and we all have a good time on the beach. I will {of course} take bunches of pictures. We get home Sunday night so if I don't get on before then, I will probably post next Monday or so.

As for Bradley, I am pretty sure he is going through a growth spurt right now. Starting last week he has been waking up throughout the night, staying up later, and eating every 2 hours again. He doesn't really have any signs of teething yet so I don't think that is it. But it will be nice to get into a regular schedule again! I feel bad for Nick because on the nights I work he has to get up with him during the night and still go to class during the day. That's why I usually work the weekend, except for this week since we are going on the trip. I am going to work Monday and Tuesday night, so hopefully little Bradley doesn't give him too hard of a time!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

"Hanging" Out

From the other day while daddy was taking a nap...

For some reason, this week my little guy has starting waking up between 4-6am hungry!!!! Why?? He had been doing so good for weeks, not waking up until 8am or so. He's not going to bed any earlier so it's not like he's going longer without eating...grr. I'm hoping it's just a growth spurt or something! His daddy isn't going to like getting up super early on days he has to go to school in the morning and I'm still gone at work and can't feed him. Hm.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Playing Around

I'm off of work for a few days, and it's nice to be back into some sort of routine. Today while I was finishing up some cupcakes, I took a few minutes to play with Bradley...

I can't believe that in just a couple of months we will need to put together his high chair already!

This Thursday is a coworker's baby shower downtown, and a lot of us moms are bringing our little ones. The other babies are mostly girls, so Bradley will be the big stud muffin there!

Friday, October 2, 2009

14 Weeks Old and Back from Ohio

The big man is 14 weeks old today, and he did wonderful on his first plane ride!! My mom, Bradley, and I left Monday afternoon for Ohio to see my grandparents, aunt, uncle, and cousins for a few days. We stayed at my grandparents' beautiful house and had the best time being with family! And of course they were all very happy to finally get to meet little Bradley.

^This is my grandpa and grandma enjoying their great-grandson.

^My little boy (wearing a new sweater) taking a nap in grandma's crib

^Some of the beautiful scenery on the way to their addition

^My aunt Diane loving on Bradley

^My cousin Joel and us at my aunt and uncle's house before dinner

^The awesome view out of their dining room

^My uncle Tsvika and cousin Jane preparing dinner

^My uncle Tsvika (an executive chef mind you!) whipping up some delicious food

^The dining table set for the family

^The best meal I have ever eaten--beef tenderloin over baby green beans and orzo

^Aunt Diane put little Bradley down for a nap on her bed and he slept all through dinner!

^After Bradley woke up, my grandpa (a retired pastor) performed a dedication ceremony for us!

^And this is the little man and me on the flight home!

We got home Thursday afternoon and all in all, Bradley was an excellent little flyer. We had a fabulous time there. My grandparents are the BEST and they were so kind to provide for our every need while there. We took walks, went shopping, out to dinner, and best of all--spent time with our loved ones!

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